4th December

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The Simple Politics guide to next week in Parliament.
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Votes at 16!

The House of Commons will discuss allowing 16 and 17 year olds to vote twice this week.  The first comes on Monday when MPs will discuss elected Mayors. An amendment has been tabled to allow 16 & 17 year olds a say in who runs their city.  The second comes on Tuesday, when the Commons will debate a change made to the EU Referendum Bill by the Lords.  

Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill

This is the drive to give more cities an elected mayor.  It will start with Manchester and Bristol.

The Bill has nearly finished its way through the process and the first election looks to be in 2017.
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Scotland Bill

The House of Lords will sit down together on Tuesday to have a very close look at the Scotland Bill.

Suggested changes include the duty for Westminster to consult the Scottish Parliament on any matter that will apply to Scotland.
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Welfare Reform and Work Bill 
Better known as the Benefit Cap Bill, this will stop any individual from claiming more than £13,400 and couples £20,000 a year in benefits.

It will also freeze social security benefits (JSA, pensions etc) for 4 years and limit child benefit to two children.
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